A parent’s guide to university

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UCAS? Personal Statements? Maintenance loan? Clearing?

As a parent/guardian of a child applying to university, there are so many new terms to get used to.

So, below we have compiled a list of some key links and resources where you’ll be able to find accurate and up-to-date information.

UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) – An online platform students use to apply to universities and subsequently accept their offers. They have lots of information on their website but also have a dedicated page just for parents detailing thing such as the application process.

Money Saving Expert – Martin Lewis is known for being able to explain economic policies in depth in a much more accessible way and is able to give out clear and practical information. On his blog, he has lots of information for students as well as parent/guardians covering all areas of Student Finance. This post, in particular, is great at breaking some of the myths surrounding it.

Save the Student – This website offers a comprehensive guide to university covering all things from open days to entry requirements, in sizeable chunks.  A great all in one guide covering a range of areas.

School Staff – Careers advisors, heads of year, subject staff. There will be lots of staff in all schools and colleges more than happy to advise and support students and parent’s/guardians through the process. Many schools will have information evenings, careers fairs and dedicated events planned throughout the year.

Applying and going to university can be an anxious and confusing time for both parent/guardians and students, but hopefully, some of the links and information provided will be able to support you and your child through the process.


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